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David Brin Blurbs Rarity from the Hollow
« on: June 04, 2017, 12:26:11 AM »


9-30-17 "Rarity from the Hollow is terrific: a fun, sometimes cleverly-gonzo, and even inspiring tale about an undaunted girl's close encounter of the weird kind." -- David Brin, an American scientist and author of science fiction. He has received the Hugo, Locus, Campbell and Nebula Awards.  His novel The Postman was adapted as a feature film and starred Kevin Costner in 1997.

Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton is an adult literary novel with a social science fiction backdrop that was published by a traditional small press in Leeds. The final edition paperback was released to Amazon.com and U.K. on November 3, 2016: https://www.amazon.com/Rarity-Hollow-Robert-Eggleton/dp/190713395X/ The eBook was released on December 5, 2016. Most book reviews are on these addresses. For a limited time, the eBook version is on sale for $2.99 or £1.99. A sale on the paperback version began a couple of days ago.
            
Author proceeds contribute to the prevention of child maltreatment: http://www.childhswv.org/ A listing of services that are supported can be found here: https://chocolatepages.wordpress.com/2015/09/05/book-spotlight-rarity-from-the-hollow-by-robert-eggleton/comment-page-1/#comment-2331

Requests for reviews of the final edition of Rarity from the Hollow are now being considered. On 1-6-17, the first was published, five stars. The closing lines were: "…Brilliant satires such as this are genius works of literature in the same class as Orwell’s 'Animal Farm.' I can picture American Lit professors sometime in the distant future placing this masterpiece on their reading list." https://marcha2014.wordpress.com/2017/01/06/5-stars-for-rarity-from-the-hollowby-robert-eggleton/ On 2-17-17, Dan'l Danehy-Oakes, a critic whose book reviews often appear in the New York Review of Science Fiction, published his review of the final edition, five stars: "…I know this all sounds pretty whack, and it is, but it's also quite moving. Lacy Dawn and her supporting cast - even Brownie, the dog - are some of the most engaging characters I've run across in a novel in some time…." http://sturgeonslawyer.livejournal.com/ “…It feels timeless, classic and mature in way that would ensure its longevity if more people knew about it… a distinctive approach to the adult-fairytale/modern-retelling sub-genre…I would even say it could be read in a college setting both for the craft itself and its unique brand of storytelling. The premise is brilliant." https://taylaroi.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/rarity-from-the-hollow-by-robert-eggleton-a-revised-book-review/ On May 21, 2017, a very detailed review closed with, "… The author gives us much pause for thought as we read this uniquely crafted story about some real life situations handled in very unorthodox ways filled with humor, sarcasm, heartfelt situations and fun." -- Fran Lewis: Just Reviews/MJ Magazine https://tillie49.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/rarity-from-the-hollow-by-robert-eggleto/.

This novel circulated for a considerable period of time as an Advance Reading Copy (ARC) for review purposes. The ARC had a formatting error that has been corrected. The final edition reads much smoother. This problem likely affected some reviewers of the ARC. A few book bloggers have upgraded their reviews based on a review of the final edition and others may do the same. Despite the formatting problem, the ARC was awarded two Gold Medals by major book review organizations, was named one of the best releases of 2015 by a Bulgaria book critic, and received twenty-six five star reviews and forty-three four star reviews by independent book review bloggers. An unsolicited Top 100 Amazon Reviewer found:

 

"Rarity from the Hollow written by Robert Eggleton, to be fully honest, was much more than expected and a great read – semi-autobiographical literary work full of beautiful and ugly things, adventure, romance, pain and humor…."

 

Another reviewer of the ARC found that the writing style was one-quarter turn beyond that of Kurt Vonnegut. http://electricrev.net/2014/08/12/a-universe-on-the-edge/ The ARC was found by the editor of Atomjack Science Fiction Magazine, to be “laugh-out-loud funny” in some scenes. Long-time book critic, Barry Hunter, closed his review, “…good satire is hard to find and science fiction satire is even harder to find." http://thebaryonreview.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2012-01-01T00:00:00-05:00&updated-max=2013-01-01T00:00:00-05:00&max-results=50 Vonnegut, Douglas Adams (i.e., Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), or Tom Robbins (i.e., Another Roadside Attraction) are also close examples by subgenre. A former Editor of Reader's Digest found that, "Rarity from the Hollow is the most enjoyable science fiction that I've read in several years…."  http://warriorpatient.com/blog/?p=58 My novel was referred to as a Hillbilly version of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy  and awarded a gold medal by Awesome Indies:  “…Tucked between the folds of humor are some profound observations on human nature and modern society that you have to read to appreciate….”  http://awesomeindies.net/ai-approved-review-of-rarity-from-the-holly-by-robert-eggleton/  With respect to the story's treatment of tough social issues, this reviewer said: "…I was hesitant to accept. I usually do not read or review books that discuss child abuse or domestic violence; however, I was intrigued by the excerpt and decided to give it a shot. I am glad that I took a risk; otherwise, I would have missed out on a fantastic story with a bright, resourceful, and strong protagonist that grabbed my heart and did not let go http://www.onmykindle.net/2015/11/rarity-from-hollow.html A book reviewer from Bulgaria named Rarity from the Hollow as one of the best five books that he had read in 2015, along with Revival by Stephen King and The Martian by Andy Weir. http://codices.info/2015/12/top-5-for-2015-ventsi/ On December 31, 2016, the ARC of Rarity from the Hollow was named a Top Pick for 2016: http://everyfreechance.com/2016/12/efcs-top-picks-of-2016.html. On January 20, 2016, it was awarded a second Gold Medal by a popular book review site: https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/rarity-from-the-hollow. Additional praise of the ARC has been posted by book bloggers on Amazon.

As I mentioned on another thread, Rarity from the Hollow was the first, perhaps the only, science fiction adventure to specifically predict the rise of Donald Trump to political power -- parody with no political advocacy one side or any other. Readers find out how Lacy Dawn, the protagonist, convinced Mr. Rump (Bernie Sanders) to help talk Mr. Prump (Donald Trump) into saving the universe. The allegory includes pressing issues that are being debated today, including illegal immigration and the refuge crisis, an issue that several European commentators have compared to cockroach infestation; extreme capitalism / consumerism vs. domestic spending for social supports; sexual harassment…. Mr. Prump in my story was a projection of Donald Trump based on the TV show, The Apprentice. The counterpart, Mr. Rump, was based on my understanding of positions held by Bernie Sanders as I wrote the story. Part of the negotiations in the story occur in the only high rise on planet Shptiludrp (Shop Until You Drop), a giant shopping mall and the center of economic governance, now more easily identifiable as Trump Tower. The allegory was not addressed by ARC reviewers of the novel because so few people worldwide considered Donald Trump to be a serious political contender until the primary elections in the U.S. The political allegory in the novel is obvious now that Donald Trump has become a household name.

If you have a book blog and would like to join over four hundred book bloggers from twenty-five countries who have supported this project in an international movement to sensitive readers to the huge social problem of child maltreatment through a comical and satiric adventure, I would be happy to provide a copy: robert_t@suddenlink.net. Or, if in the U.K., you can contact Adam Lowe, Dog Horn Publishing at: doghornpublishing@gmail.com.

However, Rarity from the Hollowl is written in third person omniscient narrator. “…The author has created a new narrative format, something I’ve never seen before, with a standard third-person narration, interspersed, lightly, with first-person asides. This makes me think of Eugene O’Neill’s play Strange Interlude where internal and external dialogue are blended...partaking a little of the whimsical and nonsensical humor of Roger Zelazny or even Ron Goulart….” Jefferson Swycaffer, Affiliate, Fantasy Fan Federation. https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R1QI8J7NME5GE/ref=cm_cr_getr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B017REIA44 Some of the inner thoughts of characters are in italics following the speaker's voice. For some busy book reviewers, this style could feel like it slows down the read and could result in head hopping if an attempt is made to read this novel too quickly, but for leisurely readers with time to contemplate it is a good fit. "…If it does not make you think, you are not really reading it…." http://www.onmykindle.net/2015/11/rarity-from-hollow.html     

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Re: David Brin Blurbs Rarity from the Hollow
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2017, 04:31:21 PM »
Best Customer Review I've Ever Read: "Heartbreaking, Tragic Yet Funny and Satiric" http://amzn.to/2xTqKqP

Almost all of the reviews of my novel have been written by independent book bloggers. This one, posted today, was a complete surprise and I have no idea who this person is or why he decided to post a review. Apparently, it's someone who noticed one of my self-promotional posts on Facebook and decided to buy my book. In any case, please check it out and if you like it, please click YES that it was helpful. Too few customers that we, as writers, don't know take the time to write reviews. I have no idea if this person would notice, but it would be totally cool is some public acknowledgment would be expressed just in case.

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"When I first started reading this book, I thought that it would be an inspiring story about a girl who overcame child abuse. And, it is. But, this story has a lot more to it. I’ve never read anything like it. The tragedy takes place in a hollow, so far way out in the country that it could be a third-world country, but it felt so real that you live there as you read. The first part made me cry. Something else was happening too because even in the first part of the story there were punch lines that made me smile, occasionally laugh out loud, and it made me think a lot about life in general. It felt weird to have such mixed emotions all at the same time – sadness, concern, relief, amused, and thoughtful. Then the story got very wild. There’s an android. It also has a sarcastic ghost. And, a couple of guys who smoke pot and talk exactly like you think they would, with a little bit of cursing but not too much. To save the world, part of the deal in order for Lacy to get help from the android to fix her totally messed up parents, she takes them all to another planet. I try to keep up with politics in real life, but it still took a minute to sink in that a lot of things happening on this planet were parody about issues that everybody is arguing about on Facebook: immigration, sexual harassment, complicated tax codes and what taxes should be spent on. It wasn’t preachy at all, not like you might think a book that includes these topics would be -- less preachy than Saturday Night Live. The story didn’t try to give you solutions or pick sides on the issues. It was so hilarious that I almost forgot about Lacy being a victim of child abuse, but then the story pulls it all together in the end, leaving me with a lot to think about in the future, especially about how politics affect kids facing horrible situations. Everybody should read this book, not just science fiction fans because it’s more than that. I only bought it because I saw on Facebook how some of the money would go to help kids in trouble. Now, I’m very glad that I read it because it’s a great book that I’ll not soon forget."